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LIU KUO-SUNG (LIU GUOSONG, TAIWAN, B. 1932)
LIU KUO-SUNG (LIU GUOSONG, TAIWAN, B. 1932)

Untitled

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LIU KUO-SUNG (LIU GUOSONG, TAIWAN, B. 1932)
Untitled
signed and dated in Chinese (upper left)
ink and colour on paper
46 x 46 cm. (18 1/8 x 18 1/8 in.)
Painted in 1967
one seal of the artist
Provenance
Private Collection, USA (acquired directly from the artist in his studio in Taiwan circa 1970)

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Lot Essay

In the late 1960s, inspired by the US' Appollo's landing on the Moon, Liu Kuo- Sung began painting the Space Series. It saw the artist embark on a series of works about the mysteries of the cosmos. Painted in 1969, Untitled (Lot 336) features diverse techniques in enriching the texture of the painting, which enhances the visual dimension of the viewer's perception of the work. Unlike the lower part of the painting, the moon in the upper half was created in the form of collage to enrich its texture. The earth is depicted from the high angle, as if the viewer was overlooking it from space. It represents the merging of the self and all things in the cosmos in nature, and the transcendent and harmonious realm of "Heaven, earth and I were born together and the myriad things and I are one."

In Untitled from 1963 (Lot 337), Liu used the unique paper he invented and his signature technique of "pulling out tendons, stripping off skin" to produce this work of abstract ink. It involves applying black ink to the paper and then pulling the fibers off the paper's surface to reveal spontaneous lines and creases in the composition.

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